Description: This is a tutorial on CUNYfirst which will teach you how to set up an account on CUNYfirst which can later give you access to resources at university.
CUNYfirst gives students access to resources such as enrollment, self-service transactions links to academic records and easy access pathways to all of their information including student administration finance and human resources, all important stops along your academic journey.
Another useful fact is that CUNYfirst operates better on browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox rather than Internet Explorer and Safari, unlike creating an account in Gmail or Yahoo, the user cannot create a username on our program.
Students have a CUNYfirst account, however they first need to claim the account which is a quick and simple process, go to the CUNY main page, and at the top edge, there’s a tag that says log in, click it, and press where it say CUNYfirst, then click first-time user, type in your first name, last name, date of birth and last 4 digits of your social security number, remember to use the slashes in your date of birth, then type in the CAPTCHA verification code that appears below the social security number, if that doesn’t show up, use another browser.
After finishing answering those questions, press ok and proceed to setup your challenge questions, which can help you get access to your account when you forget your password, but you have to keep in mind that question selected can’t be repeated, and the answer has to be two characters.
Next, you have to set up the password, make sure that it is at least eight characters with at least one capital letter and one number, after successfully activating the account, you will get a username, and an empal ID number, make sure to memorize both for future reference.
When you first arrive at the CUNYfirst website, input the username you were given when you activated the account and the password you created, then you will be taken to an enterprise menu, click on HR slash Campus Solutions, you will arrive at a menu in another window, choose self-service in the drop-down menu, click Student Center.
In order to verify all your information is correct, scroll all the way down to the header label, personal information, you can verify add or edit information here, when you’re finished, click Save, you will be guided to a save confirmation page, and you can delete information, you will be sent to a delete confirmation page where you choose yes or no.
The information is confidential and optional, it is strictly used for the college’s information. In order to find out when your enrollment date is, you can click the third tab on your right which is labeled as enrollment date, select search for classes next to the academics header, you then select City College on your institution, then select the term you want to view
One of the greatest things about CUNYfirst is that during enrollment, CUNYfirst is available to update in real time which let you know which classes are up for grabs. Then you click the next button, you will then get a message confirming that the preferred class you chose has been added to the shopping cart. However please be mindful that adding items to your shopping cart doesn’t guarantee you a seat in the course, it is only ensured when you add a class during your enrollment appointment and validate your bill, then you will receive a message that confirms your seat in the class.
In order to validate classes you must access your shopping cart which you can find in Student Center, right below the weekly schedule, click on where it says enrollment shopping cart, then select the term. Once a class is in your shopping cart, you may validate your eligibility of a CE by selecting the validate button which will help you enroll in your preferred class.
Students can only enroll into classes with a green checkmark, once you have validated classes in your shopping cart, you are ready to enroll. When the day and hour of your enrollment period begins, check the boxes next to the classes in the shopping cart that you want and then click the enroll button, you will be brought to a confirmation page, make sure that these are all the class sections that you want.
Then click the finish enrolling button, if the classes have not been enrolled, an error message will show, you may need to see an adviser to fix your issue.
Holds are used because something needs to be fixed, if the hold is negative, it may affect the enrollment process, if you do have a hold, it will show up on the holds box on the right hand side of the Student Sensor Page. Click on details to view the entire hold, the details will let you know what needs to be revised, if the hold is not from City College, it will not affect your availability to register for classes.
If you are not satisfied with the course, you wish to drop it and replace it with another course, it’s better to swap instead of dropping, when you drop a class, you automatically lose your seat and you are not guaranteed that you will be able to find another seat and it may affect your financial aid.
The benefits of swapping a class is that you do not lose your seat regardless if your swap is successful or not, you keep your credit and it does not risk affecting your financial aid. Please note that students are expected to use swap classes if they plan on changing the term schedule but intend to be remain enrolled, drop classes should be used when a student wishes to lessen the number of classes.
Make your way back to the Student Center on the left side of the main menu, click on enrollment and then click on swap classes, then choose the term you wish to swap, then select the courses you would like to swap from your schedule then you can either search for a class stored in the shopping cart or use the class number to enter the class you wish to swap, then click the finish swapping button.
After you finish swapping classes, you will see the view results page confirming or denying your swap request, if your swap is denied, an error message will appear with the reason.
The worst choice is dropping a class, you can click on enrollment on the main menu in your left hand side, then click enrollment drop classes, select the class you want to drop, click on the finish dropping and you will get a view results page with a confirmation of the classes you dropped.
In order to view your transcript, you must first make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled, if it is enabled, this will prevent you from viewing your transcript, you can disable the pop-up blocker in your browser settings, once this is done you can make your way over to the self-service drop-down menu on the left side of the screen, then click academic records, select view unofficial transcript, you can then select your academic institution, City College and your report type, then proceed to clicking view report where you can access your most recent transcript.
This is not limited to City College, if you are a transfer student or a freshman and you took classes in a CUNY school, you have access to all transcripts on CUNYfirst database, you can access your weekly schedule in a two step process.
First, go to the self-service drop-down menu on the left hand side of the page and click on enrollment, then click on my weekly schedule and you all have direct access to your weekly schedule, you can view it as a list or as a calendar.
If you want to access your transfer credits from your previous colleges and high schools you attended, you can easily do so by going to the Student Center and clicking on the main menu on your left scroll down and click on transfer credit
and select view transfer credit report.